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The Beekman in Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.: Review and Ratings | CityRealty

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Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

The Beekman at 575 Park Avenue on the southeast corner at 63rd Street was designed in Italian-Renaissance-palazzo style by George F. Pelham in 1927.

The 16-story building has 110 apartments.

Bottom Line

A full-service pre-war building with one of the avenue’s grandest lobbies.

Description

The building has a three-story rusticated limestone base with a large entrance marquee.

The buff-color façade has numerous decorative balconies and a stringcourse at the 14th floor.

The second and 15th floors have arched windows and the building has a nice cornice.

The building has a very impressive and large lobby with a vaulted ceiling and 8 steps up to the elevator bank.

It permits protruding and discrete air-conditioners and has no sidewalk landscaping.

Amenities

The building has a concierge and a doorman, a live-in superintendent, a gym, a valet and five-days-a-week maid service.

A large restaurant that was once occupied by Voisin is on the ground-floor.

The building does not allow pets.

Apartments

Apartment 1406/1407 is a three-bedroom unit that has an entry foyer that leads to a 18-foot-wide, semi-circular gallery that leads to a 22-foot-long living room and a 22-foot-long dining room near the 13-foot-wide eat-in kitchen. The master bedroom is next to a 16-foot-long sitting room and the unit also has an 11-foot-long home office and a 5-foot-wide laundry.

Apartment 1602 is a two-bedroom unit with an 8-foot-wide entry foyer next to a 9-foot-long enclosed kitchen, and a 26-foot-long living/dining room that opens onto a 57-foot-long terrace.  The bedrooms open onto a 42-foot-long terrace that connects with the other terrace.

Apartment 1606 is a two-bedroom unit that has a 10-foot-wide entry foyer that leads to a 9-foot-long kitchen and a 22-foot-long living room with a fireplace with a sliding door to the 45-foot-long terrace that is also accessed from the bedrooms.

Apartment 302 is a two-bedroom unit with an 11-foot-wide entry foyer that opens onto a 25-foot-long living room with a fireplace and a 16-foot-long dining room with a bar next to a 9-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 202 is a three-bedroom unit that has an 11-foot-long entry foyer next to an open kitchen and the foyer leads to a 25-foot-long living room with a fireplace.

Apartment 307 is a two-bedroom unit that has an 8-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 21-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 24-foot-long living/dining room with a decorative fireplace.

Apartment 501 is a two-bedroom unit that has a 20-foot-long entry foyer with an open kitchen that leads to a 25-foot-long living room with a fireplace.

History

Mr. Pelham was the architect also of 944, 1120 and 1225 Park Avenue, 33, 67 and 98 Riverside Drive, 470, 585 and 675 West End Avenue, 14 and 21 East 90th Street and 81 Irving Place.

The small apartments have long been popular as pied-a-terres given the building's prime location and its residents over the years have included former New York Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz, politician Stanley Steingut, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., entertainers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and financier Henry Kaufmann.

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